Cake Smash Session
Every parent wants to document every move of their child, especially when it comes to milestones – the first word, the first step, the first smile, and of course, the first birthday! As opposed to forcing the baby to pose in a highchair, cake smash sessions are popular for 1st Birthday Parties now, and we absolutely adore this new trend!
Cake smash sessions are awesome for a lot of reasons, but the main reason behind this is that your baby could be rolling in cake, and we’d still capture tons of cute photos with a happy smile on their face! What other time is it entirely acceptable for a 12-month old to roll around in cake and consume as much sugar as they can take?
We’ve had 11-month old babies come in that wanted absolutely nothing to do with the cake, but then we’ve also witnessed some that simply devour it. The ideal time to schedule a cake smash can be anywhere between 12 to 13 months old.
The hour of the day when the baby is in a good and happy mood also plays a huge part in how the photographs come out. Be cautious of nap times because if your baby is irritable, they won’t want to be anywhere close to the cake. Choose the time of the day when your baby is joyful.
Dressing Up the Birthday Baby
It is very important for the baby to be comfortable with the person photographing them. For that reason, we prefer to let our photographer get a few portraits of the baby alone, so they can get acquainted – before the cake smash sessions.
The ideal outfit for this can be anything that makes the baby look adorable and cuddly. For the cake smash itself, many of our customers choose to have their baby pose in a diaper cover with a birthday hat or headband, while some prefer dressing the baby in tutus or in a full birthday outfit. It all depends on the personal preferences of the parents; as long as you know it’s going to get super messy.
What If My Child Hates Their Cake?
There is a high chance that this might happen, but it is so cute to witness! There’s absolutely no reason to stress. We take a lot of time when photographing the baby to ensure that the baby looks like they enjoyed their cake. In some scenarios, we ask moms to get involved too by feeding the cake to the baby, and in some cases, we’ll hand a spoon to the baby as a prop to serve as a distraction.
We’ve organized and photographed numerous cake smash sessions over the years, which is why we can say we know what we’re talking about!